Touch – Part 1

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We never know to what, where, or whom an event will lead us.

In and Out of the Boxing Ring, Two Men Confront Very Different Demons

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For Alvin Valentine, it was a chance to fight for something other than his life. For Adam Friedman, it was a chance to face down a monster that had tormented him since childhood—fear.

The Argument for Chicago Deep Dish

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Nick Jurczak refutes the claims that John Stewart and other New Yorkers have made about Deep Dish pizza, reiterating why Chicago is #1 in terms of pizza.

A Modern Indignity

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When David Perez was 11, he had two stated goals: to become president of the United States, and to meet his father. Thanks to LinkedIn, he’s halfway there.

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Bill Murray on the Last Time He Saw Gilda Radner

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Here’s one way to say goodbye.

12 Years A Star, Black Boys Achieved

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Years in the making, Parents Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson show that the missing piece in education reform is parental engagement.

Love and Losing: A Bonding Story

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What is more important when picking a favorite sports team: tradition or location? Larry Bernstein shares losing, love, and baseball with his 9-year-old son.

My Hurricane

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It has been a year since Hurricane Sandy. Ariel Chesler looks back on the storm and the birth of his daughter.

The Question Is…. Which Artists Helped You Move Towards Adulthood?

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What artists/writers/performers grasped you at a young age and carried you on towards becoming the person you are now?

Ethical Parenting Outside of New York City? You Must Be Kidding!

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Ariel Chesler explains the importance of growing up where your back yard is connected to your neighbor’s yard, and your front stoop was mere feet from your neighbor’s.

After Player’s Death, High School Football Team Cancels Season

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A high school football team in Portville, New York, has voted to cancel the remainder of its season after the death of one of their teammates following a helmet-to-helmet collision during a game earlier this month.

What is a Feminist? New Yorkers Respond.

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Stereotypes of feminism come front in center when the question is taken to the streets of New York.

So Many Sirens: Memories of 9/11 in NYC

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Recalling September 11th in New York, when my wife and I were only students.

Did Providence Really Intercede, and Get Me Fired?

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Losing a Job I Loved Changed My Life in Ways I Could Never Have Imagined

New York Promised Help for Mentally Ill Inmates — But Still Sticks Many in Solitary

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A 2007 federal court order required New York to provide inmates with “serious” mental illness more treatment while in solitary. And a follow-up law enacted in 2011 all but bans such inmates from being put there altogether.

Federal Judge Rules Stop-and-Frisk Unconstitutional

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In the broadest legal decision on the New York Police Department’s stop and frisk program yet, a federal judge ruled on Monday that the program is unconstitutional and violates the Fourth Amendment and 14th Amendment.